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Compared to the previous two season, this Utah Jazz team heralds a very bright future

Sometimes the easiest data to understand is a simple line . . .

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Over the last three season the Utah Jazz have had a great deal of turnover, from the players, to the coaches, to even the CEO. Crazy. In 2012-2013 the Utah Jazz went all-in on trying to make the playoffs and loaded up on vets. They ended up starting Al Jefferson, a checked-out Paul Millsap, Marvin Williams, Randy Foye, and Mo Williams. The failed spectacularly. All but Marvin did not return (* see comments) the next season, and the 2013-2014 Jazz were assembled to be a squad that maximized the team's future draft position. That team was successful, and won 25 times. This season the team hired Quin Snyder to be a teacher to these kids, instead of giving them the "film projection class" style learning and development (sit quietly and watch) they had under twice-fired head coach Tyrone Corbin. This team is winning though defense. And with four more games to go there could be wins yet to have.

Still, all three were teams that will or are currently going to miss the NBA Playoffs. How do they stack up in wins per season game? Let's see.

2012 2013 2014 2015 Utah Jazz Wins by game

In all cases all three were already below the .500 mark after 10 games. The '12-14 season (blue line) kept it together for a while, and were at or over .500 after 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 games. They did keep their head above water but in the Western conference that's not nearly good enough.

The next season (red line) had the team flat-line to start, mainly due to being forced to start John Lucas III instead of the injured-in-pre-season Trey Burke. That team has a slow climb, but the second half of the season showed some heart and some life.

Today in 2014-15 (green line) the team went on a huge run after the All-Star break and are still climbing today. They are above 35 wins, and surpassed the +10 wins more than last season margin. I don't how many more games they will get, with four to go (vs Memphis Grizzlies, @ Portland Trail Blazers, vs. Dallas Mavericks, @ Houston Rockets). But if not for a number of bad losses at home (vs LAL, vs BOS, vs ORL, vs MIN, etc) they could have been a lot closer to the "KOC All-In" plan from two years ago.

The Jazz are on their way up. And before you know it the "best years" in recent history will be so far back in the rear-view mirror.